Posts Tagged ‘gardening’

Love My Subaru

February 7, 2011


I may not be stopping to look at free piles these days, but if anyone says free plants, I’m reaching for my gardening gloves.  Especially if they are drought tolerant and low maintenance ones.  One of our new neighbors in our big sister eco village only three blocks away, offered some strawberry trees, arbutus unedo and a couple of Portuguese laurel trees, prunus lusitanica.  My trusty Subaru could hold one plant at a time.

When it came time to dig up the laurels, I got The Good Husband, Raoul, to save the day.   The biggest laurel put up a good fight, but finally was persuaded to get in the car. 

I am so happy to have my gardening passion back.  We are really looking forward to designing and planting this new garden of ours.  No more plants that are trouble makers, thugs or water hogs!


Summer Memory #4

September 13, 2010

The door of temptation beckoned my friend Karalee on the Georgetown Garden Tour in July.

Summer Memory #1

September 6, 2010

This planting arrangement at Dig Nursery on Vashon Island made my heart go pitter-pat!

Limelight Hydrangea Progress Report

August 25, 2010

It’s an exciting day in my hydrangea-land when I notice one of my favorites, Limelight, sporting its’ first blush of pink.  I swear it happens overnight.

Four weeks ago, it was doing its’ chartreuse thing.

And now it is the star of our front garden.

Bird Feeder in Birds and Blooms Mag

August 23, 2010

I am thrilled with how this bird feeder project turned out.  Birds and Blooms magazine offered me an opportunity to create a garden art piece for their popular magazine.  Being a practical person, I wanted the creation to serve a purpose, as well as provide a decorative element.  I am a connoisseur of vintage hubcaps, and knew that this one would be the focal point.  It would look fetching as is, or filled with water or bird seed.

All the components are attached on a threaded rod.  The assembly is pretty darn easy.  The rod slips into a section of pipe, which can be placed in a garden bed or a big potted container.  A floor lamp base can also be a nifty base for your bird feeder to be free standing anywhere.

Birds and Blooms did a fantastic job of styling and photographing my bird feeder!  Love that mossy green background against the metals.  To find out how to make your own bird feeder, please go check out their September issue.

Making More Hydrangeas

August 12, 2010

This is a great time of the growing year to take cuttings of your hydrangeas to propagate.  When my thoughtful friend, Melody, emailed me with her offer to do just that, I said yes please as quickly as I could.  Mornings are the best time.  She showed me how to bend the stems to find the best candidates.  You want a quick snap.  If the stem bends and bends, it is not ready.  If it doesn’t want to snap easily, it is too old.

Cut the blossom off leaving about 1/2″ of stem above the first set of leaves.

It will look like this.  Maybe it’s closer to 1/4″ of stem left above the leaves.  The bottom set of leaves will be removed right before planting.

Melody sprayed the cuttings with a little bit of water to keep them happy on the  drive back to her home.  She is such a fantastic friend that she is even going to watch over these future gems at her house through the winter!

The beginnings of our future garden.

The next step will be to take a sharp razor blade and cut the stems right above that bottom set of leaves.  The stems will be rolled in a rooting hormone and planted in perlite with peat moss.  Melody even has some sort of covered tray to act as a tiny greenhouse.

I am so touched by all of Melody’s thoughtful efforts.  As a fellow gardener, she knows how sentimentally attached I am to these special shrubs.  To have parts of them grow in our future garden will bring us garden joy galore.

Another Favorite Hydrangea

July 28, 2010

I forgot I had one more FAVORITE hydrangea.  This one is Limelight, a paniculata variety.  Mine thrives in full sun.  These cream blossoms will turn to a vivid chartreuse before long.  It might as well be called spotlight for all the attention it demands.  At the end of the summer, its’ flowers will turn shades of pink and burgundy, and dry beautifully.

Hydrangea Heaven

July 26, 2010

This is the view of our hydrangea garden from our deck.  It is coming into its’ full glory this time of the year.  I envisioned a garden room with walls of hydrangeas when I planted it eight years ago.

Another view from the doorway to the room.

If I had to pick a favorite hydrangea, it would be Hamburg.  It starts off chartreuse, transitions to a beautiful blue and lasts until the late fall when it retires in shades of burgundy.  Plus it has the best frilly edges ever.

The first thing I will plant in our future, new garden will be more hydrangeas!